Chapter Seven

Declaring and Describing the Future

The future is wonderful to contemplate, and I always consider it a miracle that we can imagine what isn’t. John Schaar, a political theorist and teacher at the University of California at Santa Cruz, had this to say about our relationship to what is not yet, but could be: “The future is not some place we are going, but one we are creating. The paths are not to be found, but made, and the activity of making them changes both the maker and the destination.”1

As a young man, I was intensely interested in the relationship between prophecy and the future. Was the prophet predicting the future or creating it? The longer I live, and the more I witness, the greater is my conviction that the prophet ...

Get Leading Out Loud: A Guide for Engaging Others in Creating the Future, 3rd Edition now with the O’Reilly learning platform.

O’Reilly members experience live online training, plus books, videos, and digital content from nearly 200 publishers.